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ERIC Number: EJ817829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Reply to Rejoinder: Teaching in Class versus Free Expression
Cohen-Almagor, Raphael
American Journal of Education, v115 n1 p179-183 Nov 2008
Terry Heinrichs's rejoinder (in this issue, p169) criticizes this author and the Canadian boards of education for firing Malcolm Ross and Paul Fromm. In essence, Heinrichs agrees that the firing of James Keegstra was justified, as Keegstra brought his hatred into his classroom. Heinrichs thinks the case is very different when hate mongers preach hatred only outside of the classroom. Then their position as "educators" should remain intact. In essence, while this author thinks that one can either be a hate monger or a teacher, Heinrichs thinks there is no inner contradiction between the two. Teachers can spew their venom in all public places, but as long as they refrain from explicitly bringing it to the classroom, that is fine. This author remains convinced that it is not. In this response, he contends that Heinrichs failed to understand that his article deals with education and the role of the teacher. Heinrichs instead interprets his article as a restrictive thesis of free expression. The author argues that outspoken hate mongers, inside or outside of the classroom, cannot and should not be educators. Students should not be subjected to a teacher who is unable to appreciate difference and pluralism, who understands liberty as a tool for hate, who abhors tolerance, and who exemplifies the opposite of moral, humanistic education. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada